Monday, 26 September 2016

Gentleman's Box Review - September 2016 - Men's Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Gentleman's Box
How Much? $33/month, including postage. Prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? 4-5 products for men

Gentleman’s Box is a subscription box for men providing essential items for today's gentleman. The monthly subscription box may contain a range of items from grooming supplies to wardrobe accessories – each selected to complement your or your man's lifestyle and align with our monthly theme.

Each box is themed around a noteworthy gentleman from past or present. The products inside each box are picked to reflect the class and style of that month's featured individual.

Over the years, many renowned individuals have defined what it means to be a modern gentleman. Through courage, charisma and admiration, these men have become icons to fellow gentlemen.

You can check out all my Gentleman's Box reviews here.

This month we are honouring our favourite American author. It's also the one year anniversary of Gentleman's Box!

I'm pretty sure the gentleman this month is Ernest Hemingway. The Gentleman's Box write up gives a very romanticized version of Hemingway's life. If you are so inclined, this article goes more in depth.

First look!

Architect for Men Blueprint Shampoo Sample
This is a new shampoo from the Architect for Men line. Natural cleansing agents break down excess oil, allowing it to get gently rinsed away.

Gentleman Essentials Lion Head Bracelet ($19)
This bracelet is exclusive to Gentleman's Box. The lion is a symbol of ferocity and strength.

Wolf Clothing Co. Gold Feather Lapel Pin ($20) 
Gentleman's Box worked with Wolf Clothing Co. to bring us this lapel pin. Wolf Clothing Co. is a local Vancouver company so it's awesome to see them represented in Gentleman's Box!

Evoke Proud Patriot Socks ($24) 
These are fabulous socks! They are 80% cashmere and so very soft. Evoke has a sock subscription, and they ship to Canada!

Urban Professor Mantra Journal ($20) 
I love journals and it's great to get something new and unique. This journal is embossed with a quote attributed to Hemingway. The full quote is actually "Don’t do what you sincerely don’t want to do. Never confuse movement with action", but it wasn't really a quote. In the 1966 book  Papa Hemingway, Marlene Dietrich recounted a conversation she had with Hemingway (source).

 Here is a look at the inside.

The September Gentleman's Box included five products, valued at $83 US. This box costs $33 US, including shipping to Canada. The box honours a novelist, so they kept up the theme by including a notebook. It's a useful and stylish accessory and I was thrilled to see something different than the usual tie or pocket square. 

If you are interested in trying Gentleman's Box for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, you can save $5 off your first box using promo code 5OFF. This brings your first box down to $28 US (for Canadians), including shipping.

Click here to check out Gentleman's Box.


Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.    

FabFitFun VIP Review - Fall 2016 - Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

Canadian Box Addict pays for this box. This post contains affiliate inks.
What is it? FabFitFun VIP
How Much? $49.99/quarter or $179.99/year, plus $8 per box shipping to Canada. Prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? Full-size premium beauty, fashion, fitness, and wellness finds, valued at least $200

FabFitFun VIP is a US based lifestyle subscription box for women. FabFitFun is a beauty and lifestyle e-zine. Every 3 months, the editors of FabFitFun send out a mystery VIP box filled with their favourite products, as well as must have products of the season. VIP features a mix of beauty, fashion, fitness, wellness and home products that help you feel good from the inside out.

Yearly subscribers (Select Members) have the option to customize certain products in each box and get advance notice of add-on sales. Select Members are also the first to be billed and have their boxes shipped. A Select membership costs $179.99 per year (for 4 boxes), plus $32 shipping to Canada. That's a savings of $20 per year, over four boxes. I recently upgraded my regular account to Select in order to take advantage of these great perks.

Check out all my FabFitFun VIP reviews here.
After 3 years with FabFitFun, I finally upgraded to a Select Membership. It saves me $5 off the regular box price ($20 total saved over a year of four boxes), plus I get advance access to add-on sales, and I get to select colour or pattern preference for three items each season. I don't know why I waited so long.

The fall box is super cool. It's a colouring book, but a box The box is also reversible, so you can unfold it and flip it inside out. The colouring theme is continued with the products. The fall theme - "Colour Me Inside & Out" - is continued inside the box, with some great products.

The product magazine details all the items, the people and brands behind them, and usage tips. It's the most detailed and comprehensive product info book I've seen, from any subscription box!

We also received a separate sheet with exclusive offers from some of the featured brands.

I was super excited to receive this box. Even though I was able to pick three of my items (colour & design), and I knew the other products through early spoilers, I was still anxiously waiting for the post lady to arrive this week. I checked up on the tracking number almost every day. I always feel this way about FabFitFun.

Things Coloring Book & Colored Pencils ($14) 
This book was made exclusively for FabFitFun and features drawings by some of FFF's favourite illustrators. April Ho, the talented gal who designed the Fall box, also designed the colouring book cover! Subscribers received either Things or Nature. Select Members had a choice between the two.

Here is a look at one of the pages, with a design by Mary Atwood.

The Created Co. To-Go Tumbler ($19) 
This is a plastic tumbler with a great inspirational quote. The other variation was "Joy Comes in the Morning". Select Members got to choose which mug they wanted. The Created Co. has loads of cool products and designs. I love this bright yellow pineapple mug

Mullein & Sparrow French Lavender Body Oil (30ml, $18) 
This body oil is infused with pure lavender essential oil from France. It smells lovely. 

Skin Laundry Restoring Night Serum (30ml, $50) 
This is a "concentrated anti-aging mega serum" that helps improve skin texture, firmness, and elasticity while you sleep.

Toesox Half Toe Low Rise Grip Socks ($15) 
These no-slip toe socks are meant to keep you from sliding around in yoga, pilates, or dance class. I don't do any of those things, so I'm not sure that I will be using these socks, but  in the booklet, they suggest wearing the socks when you get a pedicure. This is a great idea for the fall and winter months! 

Here is a look at the underside, with the "grip". 

The BrowGal Eyebrow Gel ($20) 
This clear, waterproof eyebrow gel will keep your brows in place, no matter what. I didn't think I needed this product until yesterday when I was in the washroom at work, under the fluorescent light, and noticed my brows were out of control like Einstein.

Pure Cosmetics Nude Collection ($50)
This palette is great! There are 12 shades, with a mix of shimmers and mattes. They are buildable and blendable.

Spongelle Bulgaria Rose Body Wash Infused Buffer ($16) 
You can exfoliate and cleanse at the same time with this sponge that is infused with time released extracts. I received a Spongelle Pedi-Buffer in a box a while ago and it was so fantastic. I can't wait to use this. It smells wonderful.

ModCloth Loch & Key Blanket Scarf ($34.99)
This was the big item for the fall box, not in value, but in size! It's 55 inches by 55 inches. It really is a blanket. This super soft tartan scarf is perfect for fall. There were a few different colour variations available, and Select Members were able to choose which colour they wanted to see in their box.

I chose black and white because, that's what I do. Colour scares me! Interested in more from ModCloth's Signature Collection? Click here. You can also save $20 off any purchase of $100+ by using promo code FFF20. Code is valid until December 1, 2016. 

The booklet included some suggestions for how to wrap and wear your scarf. 

We also received two sponsored items this season - Secret Outlast Clear Gel mini and Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths. These are two items I will actually use.

The Fall box from FabFitFun VIP included 12 items, valued over $237 US. This box costs $57.99 US for Canadian subscribers. The value, as always, is fantastic. The best part about FabFitFun is always the products. Box curation has only gotten better over the three years I've been subscribed. The products are fun, useful, and high quality. This subscription is worth every penny, even with the exchange rate. I thought the Summer 2016 box was my all-time favourite FFF box, but now I'm not so sure!

If this box interests you, it's still available, and you can get $10 off by using promo code FAB10. New subscribers will get this Fall box as their first box, while supplies last. The Winter box ships in December.
Click here to check out FabFitFun VIP
Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Sephora Collection - Holiday Advent Calendar Now Available in Canada

This post contains affiliate links.
The annual Sephora Collection Advent Calendar is now available for purchase in Canada and the US. The cost is $54 Canadian from, and includes free shipping.

What is the Sephora Collection Advent Calendar? It's every beauty lovers' Christmas dream!
A captivating advent calendar with 24 exclusive makeup, skin care, bath and body products, and accessories. Discover SEPHORA COLLECTION's shrine to beauty. Treat yourself to a must-have makeup, skin care, bath and body, or accessory gift every day with this Advent calendar. Open all 24 palace doors and find a surprise hidden behind each one.

The tough part will be saving it all until December 1st!

Click here to check out the Sephora Collection Advent Calendar. They are available online and in stores, while supplies last.

New Canadian Subscription Box Find - Les Cocottes

What is it? Les Cocottes
How Much? TBA, ships every 2 months
What's in it? A gourmet care package with French delicacies 

There is a new Canadian subscription box on the horizon.  Les Cocottes is based in Vancouver and founded by two French ex-pats. Their mission is to share their passion for French culinary and cultural heritage. No clichés here. Experience authentic French traditions and "art-de-vivre" with Les Cocottes. 

The bi-monthly box is meant to please everyone, from the sweet tooth to the savoury fan. Les Cocottes includes fine specialties direct from France, which may include tapenade, pâté, nougats, teas, jams, spices, and more. The package may also include traditional recipes from chef's, as well exclusive tips. 

Les Cocottes launches in January 2017. Currently they are taking e-mail sign ups on the website. The first 50 early birds will receive an offer for 10% off a yearly subscription. The price structure has yet to be released, but there is a way you can score this box early, at a great price.

Les Cocottes has launched a campaign on Kickstarter. For $50 CDN, you can score and early-bird VIP Christmas Box, shipping in December. The inaugural January 2017 box goes for a $60 CDN donation. Canada-wide shipping is included. 

Click here to check out the Les Cocottes Kickstarter campaign.

Click here to check out the Les Cocottes website and sign up for the e-mail list.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Bowzer Box Review - September 2016 - Canadian Pet Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains referral links.
What is it? Bowzer Box
How Much? $29/month CDN, plus $4.50 shipping per box. Save on 3 & 6 month subscriptions.
What's in it? 5-6 items such as dog treats, toys, and accessories

Bowzer Box is a Canadian subscription service that delivers a box of doggy goodies every month. Their mission is to bring wholesome, healthy treats, and durable, quality toys right to your doorstep. Bowzer Box caters to all dogs - small, medium, or large. Subscriptions start at $29 per month. You can save by pre-paying for a 3 or 6 month subscription. Shipping is an additional $4.50 per box. Bowzer Box includes a variety of handpicked items including toys, treats, samples, and coupons from various brands. Every box is unique and each one will highlight a Canadian product. Bowzer Box also donates a portion of proceeds to animal related charities.

Bowzer Box recently launched Bowzer Shop, and online shop where you can re-order all your favourites and get free shipping on orders over $60!

Click here to see all my Bowzer Box reviews.

This is a review for a small dog box.  

It's back to school season so now that the kids are out of the house, it's Bowzer's Time to Shine (BTS). This month's box makes sure your pup gets special treatment.

First Look

Product Card 

We received a $10 off promo code for the Bowzer Shop! It's good until September 30th, and will give you $10 off a minimum $50 purchase. Since a purchase is required to use this promo, it's not factored into the overall box value. 

Northern Bark Peanut Crunch Minis ($5.99)
These little treats are wheat free and great for small dogs.

Great Jack's Bacon Flavor Treats ($3.99)
These Canadian made soft liver treats are grain free. I only wish this Canadian company spelled "flavour" the Canadian way! 

Naturawls Dog Treats - Chicken Feet and Beef Achillies Tendon (~$4)
These all natural dog treats are simply dehydrated animal parts. I'm sure dogs love them.

Outward Hound Invincibles Mini Dog ($7.49)
This cute little guy is supposed to be extremely durable and will keep squeaking, even if punctured. I'm going to give it to Jack. He can destroy a stuffy in 30 seconds flat.

My September Bowzer Box included five items, valued just over $21 Canadian. It's a very low value this month. Normally we receive close or equal to the cost paid, around $30-40 value. This time, the value doesn't even meet the cost of the box. The products are great,with all the treats from Canadian sources. One more item would have made this box a hit. I will note that the best way to get a deal with Bowzer Box is to sign up for a longer term subscription. On a 6-month term, it's only $25 per box, plus shipping.

If you are interested in trying Bowzer Box, you can save 10% off your first month's box. Just enter promo code CDNBOX  at checkout!
Click here to check out Bowzer Box. 

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Market Mix Review - September 2016 - Canadian Lifestyle Subscription Box

Canadian Box Addict pays for this subscription.
What is it? Market Mix

How Much? $39.95/month, plus $10 shipping. Prices in Canadian dollars. 
What’s in it? 4-6 hand-picked, small batch, Canadian products that you might find at your local farmers' market.

Market Mix is a new Canadian subscription box, based in Calgary. Each month, Market Mix sends the farmers' market to your doorstep. With Market Mix, you will receive hand-picked, small batch, local good, without having to go to all the markets yourself. Boxes may include a variety of treats, from candles to soaps and relishes to lotions. All products will be Canadian made!
Market Mix aims to get wholesome, local products to Canadians in a simple and delightful way – with a package full of goodies delivered every month! Buying from local producers stimulates the home economy and supports our neighbours, so Market Mix makes it easy and affordable.

Market Mix ships on the 15th of each month. Order by September 27th, and you will receive the October box. Their first box was "Canadian Summer" and there are a few left, currently on sale for $30, plus shipping. If you are interested, click here (this purchase is not a subscription). 

When I saw this box, I had to subscribe. I try to hit up my local farmers' market every Sunday, and I've never met a craft fair or gift show that I didn't like. Plus, you guys know how I feel about small Canadian businesses... Market Mix seemed like the perfect box for me!

The product info is affixed to the inside of the lid. Each box has a theme. September's theme is "Country Harvest". 

First look... and something smells amazing.

Medicine Hat Meat Traders Beef Jerky in Chipotle Lime ($7)
This jerk is made in Alberta from 100% Canadian beef. It's super tender and soft. This chipotle lime flavour was nice and not at all spicy.

Jack Pine Naturals The Great Outdoors ($9)
This is a blend of essential oils and witch hazel to keep annoying bugs at bay and help you enjoy the last days of summer to the fullest. Jack Pine Naturals is based in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

CCBee's Naturally Hand-y Salve (2oz, $10) 
This salve contains organic shea butter, organic cocoa butter, organic coconut oil, Albertan beeswax, therapeutic grade organic essential oils, vitamin E. It's perfect for dry skin and hardworking hands. CCBee's is based in Red Deer County, Alberta.

Natura Soy Candles Casa Essential Oil Blend Votive ($7.75)
Casa is described as "a welcoming, warm and inviting blend of Cinnamon, Orange, Nutmeg & Ginger". It smells like mulled cider and Thanksgiving. Natural Soy Candles is based in Okotoks, Alberta.  

Brassica Mustard Gift Pack ($23.95)
This gift pack includes four 60ml jars of Prairie made mustard. There is Cranberry Honey, Roasted Garlic, Dill and Horseradish. Brassica is based in Calgary.

Brassica is made from Alberta grown mustard seed and local honey. The company started when the founders were looking to make homemade Christmas gifts for friends and family. I love this story. I make jellies every year for Christmas gifts. Maybe I need to start a business!

The September Market Mix box included five items, valued at $57.70 Canadian. This box costs $49.95 per month, including shipping. I enjoyed my Market Mix unboxing. The products are all Canadian made, and the quality is fantastic. I like the mix of food, body, and home products. Four of the five products are from Alberta, which is all good and fine, but I really think the Market Mix team needs to come to Vancouver this fall or winter and spend a Saturday at the Nat Bailey Winter market, or hit up the Vancouver Make It! Show. I'm a little partial to BC made products! :)

October's box is on sale now and the theme is "Bath Bliss". There are only a dozen or so spots left, so sign up soon!

Click here to check out Market Mix.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.